Margarete | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.43%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mebuzzard on 01-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
79
Reviews:
36
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.21/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance
Thick black. This stuff tried to sludge up the sides of my glass as I swirled. I was able to get a very small head the color of tan leather.

Aroma
Kinda weird, especially since I didn't know this was some sort of sour cherry stout. The aroma was very potent. Big heavy weight alcohol and licorice, not too far from a shot of Jagermeister. The sour cherry notes lend a cough syrup aroma to it that I wasn't expecting.

Flavor
Very burnt and aggressive. Charcoal and ash with a ton of licorice. Licorice of both colors, red for the cherries and black for the anise. There is a lot of dark fruit that mingles too that comes across as being very tart. Again, I didn't know this was supposed to be a sour type of stout so the tart fruitiness seemed strange at first. Dark coffee rounds things out.

Mouthfeel
Very full bodied and VERY, VERY hot. The finish is dry with a cocoa powdery feel.

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Photo of largadeer
3.43/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Andrew.

Dark opaque brown with a thin tan head that recedes to a collar.

Very, very sweet. Tar, brown sugar, bourbon -bals, asphalt. A hint of cherry, but not much, along with a pinch of vanilla. The malt character here reminds me a lot of Avery's other monster imperial stout, Mephistopheles. Very sugary and tar-like, not my favorite take on the style.

The palate is pretty good. Extremely sugary, a brown sugar sort of quality backed by blackened asphalt. Full bodied, chocolatey, fairly pleasant cherry sourness. Extremely sweet, the sugar balances the charred, tarry malt, but the combination of the two extremes is a bit much for me. Little cherry tartness and tannin in the finish that lends some balance. It's a fairly enjoyable beer overall, but not a great one.

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Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer drinks like a chocolate cherry sour. Beer is dark brown to black with a tan head, small bubbles. No retention, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is sour with cherries and this faint chocolate in the nose.

Beer is nice and sweet with this tartness on the finish, odd sour notes late on the palate and dryness that gives rise to a mild aftertaste. Not a great beer but not horrid.

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Photo of jsanford
3.54/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark mahogany with a reddish tint and thin ivory ring. Great aromas of chocolate, cherry, oak, and booze. Someone in my tasting group remarked "Cherry Tootsie Roll Pop", and I think that's pretty accurate. Taste is similar, with more cherry, chocolate, dark malt, and a slight tartness. Smooth and surprisingly easy-drinking given the high ABV, with a medium-full body and decent carbonation. Overall a unique beer, But not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a scant ¼-finger thick, light brown colored head. The beer is a dark, almost perfectly black color, that is quite opaque when held up to the light. The beer smells of up front tart cherries, that quickly subsumes underneath rich chocolate liquor notes (along with the warming alcohol notes), lots of smooth roasted dark malt, umami laden, almost teriyaki-like concentrated malt character, toasted brown grain notes, notes of smoky Bourbon like aromas, coconut liquor and then in the finish another light, but noticeable tart cherry character.

The beer is fairly sweet, though not as thick as it might have seemed. The sweetness accentuates a fruity cherry note, but this is dried out a fair amount in the finish by a burnt, roasted, bitter blackened malt notes, though it doesn’t quite beat out the sweetness. While this is lighter than it perhaps seems like it could be for a beer of this strength, it is still most definitely a sipping beer. A rich, umami-leaning, concentrated malt character contributes notes of smoked malt, slight teriyaki notes and even some balsamic like richness (but without the acetic character). The Bourbon barrel here isn’t very intrusive, in fact it plays a clearly supporting role; it provides some background woody structure that provides some astringency in the finish and a light woody note; a Bourbon spiciness that is a little peppery but mostly like spicy oak, some Bourbon heat (much of which is accentuated by the base alcohol in the beer) and some fruity Bourbon notes. Lots of bitterness (roast), and astringency from the oak comes out as it warms.

I wasn’t expecting a beer this big, for some reason I was expecting a funky / sour beer, but this is clearly not one of those. Still this isn’t nearly as bad as I might have expected, given that most of Avery’s huge beers don’t appeal to me. The rich chocolate notes pair well with the rich, sort of smoky and umami like concentrated malt, supporting fruity cherry notes, and light Bourbon character. This does walk a fine line between being a bit too hot and being smooth.

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Photo of acurtis
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WeisGuy
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black with brown ring at the top 1/4 inch head and no retention

Smell: Bourbon chocolate coffee oak and hints of vanilla

Taste: Bourbon upfront and very powerful that is a accompanied by a overpowering sweetness. Finishes with a nice chocolately deliciousness. The beers real flavors come out as the beer warms

Mouthfeel: Full body low carbonation and very silky and oily

Overall: The beer has some very overpowering flavors and I'm sure that that is a good thing. Very malty and bourbony. I would recommend a try but be warned you might not like what you are getting yourself into

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i dont know how age is supposed to affect a beer like this. fruited beers generally drink best when fresh, big stouts usually a little age. this one has lost a lot of its cherry intensity, if it ever had any, just very subtle fruit notes remain. huge density, deep brown color, splashy little head that settles back. the nose doesnt have much cherry at all, instead sweet hot cocoa and bitter burnt barley malt present themselves. alcohol is very well hidden for its strength. the taste has only minimal cherry, and its all in the finish. not much tartness at all, which i was expecting since sour cherries were denoted. i would like to have had this fresh to compare. i like it quite a lot as a big stout, but as a cherry stout it underwhelmed. smooth feel though, and not as thick drinking as it looked on the pour. long finish to this, and when i really focus in i can get some of that cherry, but its way back. i have loved this series, but this one didnt hold up to oud floris or some of the other gems.

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Photo of IpeeA
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The next in the barrel series from Avery.

And a dark one...more my speed.

pours a rich black surrounded by a highlight of ruby. Initial head is off-white and about 1/4 finger. Dwindles to nothing and slick, thin lacing.

Aroma is definitely barreled. Caramel and vanilla. Fruity, the cherries come through here..dark. Softer elements of leather and tobacco in the background.

Zowy, the flavors jump around. Caramel is dominate up front for me. Molasses sweet. A nice zing, but it's also a bit hot. The dark cherry adds some fruity-sweetness around the edges...with sourness. Although not as sour as I thought it would. A touch of medicinal on the end.

A bit hot right now. Gonna age a bottle, stick it with the others. Started out easy drinking, but became a bit more....difficult.

Favorite of the series thus far

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Photo of tms2929
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of pperez38
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of carteravebrew
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of ajzy
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Karen for the bottle.

Ink black body, tan head.

Bourbon drenched cherries and figs on the nose. Some barrel related oxidation.

Big, intense bourbon, oak, and oxidation notes on the entry with roasty, chocolate character mid palate and chocolate covered cherries on the finish. A huge, over the top brew.

Rich, chewy, syrupy body.

Glad I was lucky enough to try this one. Its a tad hot, but it is over 15%. Cherry adds a little more complexity, while barrel aging is a dominant component.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a handful of these at the release party, and after sampling it that night, I found no reason to drink one of my bottles. Finally, I got around to it. Poured a deep, rich black, with a little light brown head. Aromas of bourbon, plums, pie cherries and roasted malt. On the palate, this one is thick and rich, with flavors of dark chocolate, plums, bourbon, oak, cherries and booze. Very good.

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Margarete from Avery Brewing Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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